Rep. Bustos discusses farm bill with area farmers

By WEEK Producer

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is working to pass a nutrition bill and move a comprehensive bill into conference with the senate.

On Friday, Bustos met with local farmers to hear what their needs are when it comes to passing a 5 year farm bill.

Bustos said the big concern among the farmers is uncertainty, a 5 year farm bill gives them a secure future.

A split version of the farm bill has been voted on by the House. It separates farm policy from food stamps.

Bustos said the next step is to get the two versions from the Senate and House in a conference committee to negotiate the differences.

"The reason that the nutrition program has been coupled with the overall farm bill is because they are intertwined. This is what farmers do they produce food to feed not just Illinois and America but the world,” said Bustos. “We've got to bring those two back together so that members of congress that represent more urban areas understand the importance of agriculture."

“It gives certainty to farmers and the rural economy with the federal crop insurance program and it also gives certainty to the consuming public that we can provide them with a safe nutritious food supply,” said local farmer Ron Moore.

Bustos said if a farm bill cannot be voted on there will be another extension.